We're designers, so it makes sense that a lot of us are visual learners and do better looking at charts and graphs than reading an article or listening to a podcast. Typography and color are two great topics that are perfectly suited for infographics, charts, and other graphical learning tools.
User interface design grows and evolves on a continual basis. To stay current, you need to keep an eye on trends, new resources, and new techniques being implemented and talked about. And you also need to try things out on your own, and come up with original ideas and implementations.
Who doesn’t like a good movie? Virtually every movie made has a film website these days, ranging from little more than an online place to park a trailer to a fully-immersive experience. And with the varied content, themes, and visual style of movies out there, it’s no wonder that film websites are just as varied.
Infographics are a great way to present information in a way that's easy for most people to understand. A lot of people learn visually, and can get a better grasp on what you're trying to say if you display it graphically.
Virtually every creative out there turns to designs and images created by others to get inspired now and then. Whether you use web design galleries or other sources of visual inspiration, you’ve probably had times when you’ve felt like you’re spending too much time looking for inspiration and not enough time actually using that inspiration.
Mobile web design has been around for quite a while. Unfortunately, a lot of mobile design guidelines are out of date and focus on low-resolution, non-touchscreen phones. Despite their popularity, there isn’t a whole lot of information out there for designing websites for the new generation of smartphones (iPhone, Android devices, BlackBerry touchscreens, etc.) — these devices are growing more and more popular in...
When used well, patterns can be a great way to add an extra element to your designs that take them to the next level in terms of aesthetics. Creating your own repeating patterns is one way to go about this, but it’s not always something you want to spend a lot of time on, especially if you’re working with a tight budget. And why...
Propaganda is often thought of in negative terms. It evokes thoughts of wartime and misinformation campaigns by governments trying to deceive people or bolster support for what might otherwise be unpopular policies. But propaganda and the techniques it uses are prominent throughout our modern lives.
Generators can be a great way to save time in your web design projects. High-quality generators can create graphics or code or even layouts in a matter of seconds or minutes, things that might take an hour or more if done by hand. Below are some useful generators to help you speed up your web design process. There’s everything from color scheme tools to...
Wireframing is an important part of the design process, one that shouldn’t be overlooked by even the most experienced designers. Wireframes can save development time by outlining exactly how a site should look and function, in a manner that can be shown to and approved by your clients. But wireframing can be confusing, especially to new designers. What’s the right way to create a...
Keynote (part of Apple’s iWork office suite) and PowerPoint (part of Microsoft’s Office suite) are likely the two most commonly used presentation software programs out there. PowerPoint is more likely to be found in the corporate world, whereas Keynote may be more popular in creative fields (due to the proliferation of Macs in the design field). Creating presentations in either program is a similar...
So much of the web is based around written content that it’s important for anyone who works online to have a good grasp of language, including grammar and spelling. But it’s not always easy to find reputable sources that can teach us these things if we didn’t learn them in school (or retain them for long after). Below are over thirty great resources for...
Graphic design in a print environment can be a nice change for someone who normally does web design. It’s a slightly different skillset, but still incorporates a lot of the same concepts. Print projects can be an exciting new challenge, something that lets a designer stretch their creativity a bit and even recharge if they’re getting stressed out by too many web design projects....
Web design is often an appealing career choice for artistic and creative people. It's seen as a potentially lucrative opportunity to be creative on a daily basis. But there are drawbacks that many people don't realize going into the field.